Thursday, April 29, 2010

Friday is Pieday !

Is it Friday already? You bet it is, so lets bake a pie! This weeks pie is one that I hope will take care of your chocolate cravings. We are going to make a homemade..not from a box..chocolate cream pie. For todays pie you will need to make up a batch of my pie dough (see left sidebar) or you can save some time and purchase a good quality frozen pie crust. This will be a single crust pie.

 The shopping list is as follows:
1. 1 cup granulated sugar
2. 1/2 cup flour
3. 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
4. 3 cups milk
5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
6. 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
7. 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
8. 1 tablespoon butter
one baked pie shell 
Roll 1/2 of your pie dough into your pie pan. Tuck edges under and crimp. Using a fork, prick your crust to prevent it from getting puffy while baking. Crumple some foil and place in your crust as shown. this will help your crust to keep it's shape. If you have pie weights..thats even better.
Bake your crust in a 350 degree oven until light golden brown. Remove and set aside to cool.
Blend flour, sugar and salt in a saucepan. Add milk gradually, stirring until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. 

Remove from heat..add the chocolate and stir until blended.
To temper your eggs, add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the lightly beaten yolks. Mix as you add. If you just added the yolks to the hot chocolate, your eggs would cook rather than mix in smoothly. Now add your tempered yolks to the rest of the chocolate mixture. 

Return to the heat and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the butter and vanilla...mix well. Cover with waxed paper and let cool down. 
Pour cooled filling into pie shell and refrigerate until set.
Top your chocolate pie with some fresh whipped cream or cool whip and wait for the compliments to roll in. I know boxed pudding is so quick and handy for you busy moms, but you should try a homemade pudding pie at least once in your life. It is such a nice treat for your family. So that's it..I hope you enjoyed my little pie tutorial. Be sure to come back next Friday for more pie.
Until next kind and stay creative.


Katherine Thomas said...

I really think you should write a book! The pictures are so clear and beautiful, and you make it look so easy! I would buy the book just to admire the pictures and drool over the recipes!

Dar said...

Janet, You sure know how to tease.! Looks de-lish!!!!

Denise said...

Thanks for showing how to make the crust keep its shape. I always have trouble with that! Not much of a pie baker yet, but I'm trying to learn!

Tweed Delights said...

Oh my word! It's only 8 am in the morning here and I'm craving chocolate pie already - what have you done to me woman!!! :) Have to go in to my office job now - will be drooling all day, hehe! You've done it again Janet! :D

Ashlee said...

Pie day! I love it, I'll have to go back to making more pies now that it's spring! Thanks for the reminder of how great pies are!

Kelly Ann said...

and who doesn't love chocolate pie...

Annette said...

Chocolate is my favorite cream pie, and nothing beats the homemade chocolate!! I never thought of using foil in the bottom of the crust....thanks!!

Jennifer Juniper said...

Why do you DO this to me?!? I really don't have time to bake a chocolate pie right now and your are a day's drive away!

~mel said...

Goodness gracious ~ do all the calories boil out of it while cooking? That pie sure looks good!! Loved the tutorial and also LOVED your prior Amish post. The Amish farms in your part of the country look so much more tidier than the ones here in Wisconsin. They don't seem to have as much pride in their places here as they do in the east... BUT their greenhouses and the places where they sell their goods are immaculate. Also, like you said ~ don't let them fool you with the speed of those horse drawn buggies ... they do clip right along! Thank you so much for sharing!! I enjoyed my visit.

Sienna said...

Thanks... I need help in the baking area! I am following you back ☺

Sue said...

Janet, this chocolate pie looks amazingly good! It's amazing to me that so many "cooks" don't know how to make things from scratch anymore. I would never have dreamed of serving a "box"-made pie, even as a new bride and still in college. I guess I learned to cook the old fashioned way!
:-) Sue

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